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The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) works to increase access to care for underserved people in rural communities. We do this through our grant programs and public partnerships.

How do we improve rural health in the U.S.?

FORHP advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on health care issues that affect rural communities. This includes:

  • Access to quality health care and health professionals
  • Viability of rural hospitals
  • Effect of HHS-proposed rules and regulations

What programs do we manage?

Our programs fall into four categories:

How can I apply to your programs?

If you live in a rural area, you can apply for funding.

Visit What is a Rural Area? to learn how we define a rural area for grant eligibility.

Related Resources

Defining Rural Health
State Offices of Rural Health
Rural Health Resource Guide
National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2021